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Coming to France?

Come spend one spectacular week with me in Périgord!

How does it work?

Together, we design with your specific interests and preferences in mind, a fully customized guided week to knock your socks off!  Once you have contacted me and expressed interest, we meet over the telephone so I know exactly what to offer you for your special week.

Are you more interested in history? or in culinary arts? or maybe in outdoor activities?  Maybe you’d love a mix of it all?  There is so much to see and do in our region, it will be sometimes difficult to choose!  I then send you a suggested schedule for your approval.

 

Two different packages – Which one is for you?
I offer two package solutions to choose from, according to your travelling style:

The Part-Time Tour

1 week stay – 7 days/7 nights – starts on Sunday after 4 p.m. – ends on Sunday before 10 a.m.
Enjoy the flexibility of a few excursions/visits of your choice planned in advance.  I personally take you and guide you for 3 days of the week.   You can explore the area on your own the other 4 days (I am happy to give you directions, of course).

Includes:

♦ Pick-up/drop-off at nearest airport or train station on arrival and  departure days,

♦ Lodging 7 nights in your private suite

♦ Breakfast every day, lunch and dinner on our three guided tour days. Other meals on your own at local restaurants

♦ All transportation and excursions for 3 full days  (some activities/events require an additional cost – see our detailed list).

The Full-Time Tour

1 week stay – 7 days/7 nights – starts on Sunday after 4 p.m. – ends on Sunday before 10 a.m.
If you prefer being fully guided, this tour is for you.  I personally take you and guide you for 5 full-days and 2 half-days.   No need to worry about language barriers or directions to follow - just relax and enjoy the ride.

Includes:

♦ Pick-up/drop-off at nearest airport or train station on arrival and departure days,

♦ Lodging 7 nights in your private suite

♦ Breakfast every day, lunch and dinner every day

♦ All transportation and excursions for 5 full days and 2 half-days  (some activities/events require an additional cost – see our detailed list).

Accommodations

You will enjoy your own private suite with living-room (sofa opens up in queen-size bed), large bedroom with a full-size bed, and bath on the second floor of my house.  In your suite : cable television, wireless internet, small refrigerator, ironing board and iron, and hair dryer. Also for your enjoyment, my pretty front yard with table and chairs.

 

See photos of your suite below:

 

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Prices

 

If you are interested in booking a week with me as your hostess and guide, please contact me with your desired dates and your telephone number.  We will schedule a telephone meeting to discuss your specific requirements and interests, and design your customized stay.

2017 DATES PRICE 1 PERSON
(in US dollars)
PRICE 2 PERSONS*
(in US dollars)
The Part-Time Tour
April 1 – September 15 1900 2700
The Full-Time Tour
April 1 – September 15 2900 4200

* Some options are available for more than 2 people. Please contact me for more details.

What to do - What to see (partial option list only)

There are several hundred options for you to choose from, so I am listing here the best ones, so you have an idea of what is possible.  Once we are in the design phase of your special week, I may possibly propose additional options.

 

Castles

Caves

Gardens

Périgord was one of the main battlegrounds of Hundred Years' War between the French and English in the 14th and 15th centuries. It is also the land of medieval and Renaissance castles like Puymartin, Losse, Hautefort and Beynac situated mainly along the Dordogne and Vézère rivers. Other major castles include Jumilhac-le-Grand, Fénelon, Biron, Bourdeilles, Castelnaud, Puyguilhem and Rouffiac.

Known as the 'cradle of mankind' - one of UNESCO's World Heritage locations, the Vézère valley contains 147 prehistoric sites dating from the Palaeolithic era and 25 decorated caves, of which the most famous  is the painted cave of Lascaux, whose depictions of aurochs, horses, deer and other animals (but not of humans) date back some 17,000 years.

If you like gardens, your senses will be awed by several amazing sites, such as the hanging gargens of Marqueyssac, the Limeuil panoramic gardens, the Gardens of the Imagination designed by American landscape artist Kathryn Gustafson, or the water gardens of Carsac.

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Medieval Villages

Outdoors Activities

Food Arts

You will enjoy staying in Sarlat, with its medieval center, said to have the largest concentration of classified historic buildings in the world.  Outside of Sarlat, are many small medieval villages such as Beynac, Castelnaud, Dôme, and many others, all full of charm and beauty.

Many outdoors activities are available in the area - horseback riding, canoe/kayak-ing, stand-up paddling, swimming, VTT, ropes courses, biking, hot-air balloon rides, hiking, and more! My personal favorite is to canoe down the Dordogne river and swim in the cool, clear and clean water.

The Périgord region is one of the top gastronomic regions of France. Duck or goose foie gras or confit, and fragrant truffles are the favorites.  You will enjoy local restaurants for some of your meals,  and we will pick up some fresh ingredients at one of the local farmers markets and prepare meals together in my kitchen, if learning French cooking is your thing.  

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Are you ready to reserve your week ?

Click on Contact me and fill out the contact form with your telephone number and the best time to call you back.